Monday, December 29, 2014

Early Safer Space Discussion - 6pm

The Center is closing early for the New Year, so we'll be meeting early as well, from 6pm to 7:15pm. It will be an open topic meeting.

Wednesday, December 31, 6:00pm to 7:15pm
Center on Halsted, 2nd Floor (ask for room number at reception desk) 
3656 N. Halsted St. 


Genderqueer Chicago is as safe a space as we can make it. To help with this, we have some working agreements that we would like all who come to meetings to keep in mind while within our safe space meetings. Please check out our working agreements here.

Safe space meetings are strictly closed to researchers and reporters in their professional capacities. Meetings are open to anyone else wanting to talk and think about gender! For more info, give us a shout at genderqueerchicago@gmail.com!

Monday, December 22, 2014

No Meeting This Week!

On account of the holidays, there will not be a Safe Space Meeting this week. Apologies!

Monday, December 15, 2014

Symbols: A Safer Space Discussion

A plethora of queer identities leads to a plethora of symbols, often more than one for the same thing. We use them to reveal ourselves (to the select few who recognise), to focus on, to decorate. How have you used them, how have they shaped you?

Wednesday, December 17, 7:00pm to 8:15pm
Center on Halsted, 2nd Floor (ask for room number at reception desk) 
3656 N. Halsted St. 


Genderqueer Chicago is as safe a space as we can make it. To help with this, we have some working agreements that we would like all who come to meetings to keep in mind while within our safe space meetings. Please check out our working agreements here.

Safe space meetings are strictly closed to researchers and reporters in their professional capacities. Meetings are open to anyone else wanting to talk and think about gender! For more info, give us a shout at genderqueerchicago@gmail.com!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Organisers' Meeting This Saturday

We're having an Organisers' Meeting 10am this Saturday at Kitchen Sink (1107 W. Berwyn, just East of the Red Line stop)! Whether you might be interested in helping with the group, running a meeting or two, or just have suggestions to make, it will be open to the general body.

If you have suggestions or want to help, but can't make it this time, you can always email the group at genderqueerchicago@gmail.com

Monday, December 8, 2014

Authenticity: a Safer Space Discussion

Chances are, all of us have thought about authenticity at some point or another. It's at issue in a lot of the decisions we make and the language we use to talk about them. So what is authenticity?  When have you felt authentic? When have you felt inauthentic? How important is authenticity to you?

Wednesday, December 10th, 7:00pm to 8:15pm
Center on Halsted, 2nd Floor (ask for room number at reception desk) 
3656 N. Halsted St. 


Genderqueer Chicago is as safe a space as we can make it. To help with this, we have some working agreements that we would like all who come to meetings to keep in mind while within our safe space meetings. Please check out our working agreements here.

Safe space meetings are strictly closed to researchers and reporters in their professional capacities. Meetings are open to anyone else wanting to talk and think about gender! For more info, give us a shout at genderqueerchicago@gmail.com!

Monday, December 1, 2014

Social Media: A Safer Space Discussion

Some of us live on it, some of us grew up on it, a lot of us take it for granted. How has social media helped (or not) with your gender expression, your coming out, or finding a community?

Wednesday, December 3, 7:00pm to 8:15pm
Center on Halsted, 2nd Floor (ask for room number at reception desk) 
3656 N. Halsted St. 


Genderqueer Chicago is as safe a space as we can make it. To help with this, we have some working agreements that we would like all who come to meetings to keep in mind while within our safe space meetings. Please check out our working agreements here.

Safe space meetings are strictly closed to researchers and reporters in their professional capacities. Meetings are open to anyone else wanting to talk and think about gender! For more info, give us a shout at genderqueerchicago@gmail.com!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Grief: A Safer Space Discussion

Tomorrow is the Day of Remembrance, an especially hard day during a hard time of year. What (or who) have you lost, what do you worry about losing? How do you deal with it?

Wednesday, November 19, 7:00pm to 8:15pm
Center on Halsted, 2nd Floor (ask for room number at reception desk) 
3656 N. Halsted St. 


Genderqueer Chicago is as safe a space as we can make it. To help with this, we have some working agreements that we would like all who come to meetings to keep in mind while within our safe space meetings. Please check out our working agreements here.

Safe space meetings are strictly closed to researchers and reporters in their professional capacities. Meetings are open to anyone else wanting to talk and think about gender! For more info, give us a shout at genderqueerchicago@gmail.com!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

An Open Topic Safer Space Discussion

Time for another one of these things.

Wednesday, November 12th, 7:00pm to 8:15pm
Center on Halsted, 2nd Floor (ask for room number at reception desk) 
3656 N. Halsted St. 


Genderqueer Chicago is as safe a space as we can make it. To help with this, we have some working agreements that we would like all who come to meetings to keep in mind while within our safe space meetings. Please check out our working agreements here.

Safe space meetings are strictly closed to researchers and reporters in their professional capacities. Meetings are open to anyone else wanting to talk and think about gender! For more info, give us a shout at genderqueerchicago@gmail.com!

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Sunshine, Lolipops, and Rainbows: A Safer Space Discussion

The darker time of year often directly leads to people feeling down, and family holidays may or may not help. So let's talk about what makes you happy, what you use to cope with the world, or how you retreat and regroup.

Wednesday, November 5, 7:00pm to 8:15pm
Center on Halsted, 2nd Floor (ask for room number at reception desk) 
3656 N. Halsted St. 


Genderqueer Chicago is as safe a space as we can make it. To help with this, we have some working agreements that we would like all who come to meetings to keep in mind while within our safe space meetings. Please check out our working agreements here.

Safe space meetings are strictly closed to researchers and reporters in their professional capacities. Meetings are open to anyone else wanting to talk and think about gender! For more info, give us a shout at genderqueerchicago@gmail.com!

Monday, October 27, 2014

Costumes: A Safer Space Discussion

That time of year when most of the population put on a costume*, while the rest take theirs off. 
 
You knew this was coming. 

*inappropriately sexy

Wednesday, October 29th, 7:00pm to 8:15pm
Center on Halsted, 2nd Floor (ask for room number at reception desk) 
3656 N. Halsted St. 


Genderqueer Chicago is as safe a space as we can make it. To help with this, we have some working agreements that we would like all who come to meetings to keep in mind while within our safe space meetings. Please check out our working agreements here.

Safe space meetings are strictly closed to researchers and reporters in their professional capacities. Meetings are open to anyone else wanting to talk and think about gender! For more info, give us a shout at genderqueerchicago@gmail.com!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Open Topic Safer Space Discussion

What have you been pondering lately?

Wednesday, October 22nd, 7:00pm to 8:15pm
Center on Halsted, 2nd Floor (ask for room number at reception desk) 
3656 N. Halsted St. 


Genderqueer Chicago is as safe a space as we can make it. To help with this, we have some working agreements that we would like all who come to meetings to keep in mind while within our safe space meetings. Please check out our working agreements here.

Safe space meetings are strictly closed to researchers and reporters in their professional capacities. Meetings are open to anyone else wanting to talk and think about gender! For more info, give us a shout at genderqueerchicago@gmail.com!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Reminder! Connecting the "T" to GLBT

Connecting the "T" to GLBT is this Friday! It's a Trans 101 put together by our friends at Mancave, and one actually lead by a trans person! As it's a introduction, please invite friends, family, potential allies, anyone who'd benefit from an overview.

7:00 pm Friday October 24th
Center on Halsted
3656 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL

The “T” is not silent.

Identifying as Gay, Lesbian or Bisexual does not automatically make someone an Ally for those who are Transgender. Believe it or not, Transgender people can face ignorance or misunderstanding even from those who are Gay, Lesbian or Bisexual. As a community, our strength is our connection to each other. When there is a gap between the "GLB" and "T", our community is impacted as a whole...

The good news is that we can, together, bridge that gap. Knowledge is the most powerful tool we have to build connections.

Join Nikk Selik in this engaging workshop and discussion on Transgender identity.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Expression: a safer space discussion

How does your gender expression communicate with your gender identity? Are they in harmony or do you see them at odds? Are they entirely separate things? Let's talk about how the trappings relate to how we feel inside.


Wednesday, October 15, 7:00pm to 8:15pm
Center on Halsted, 2nd Floor (ask for room number at reception desk) 
3656 N. Halsted St. 


Genderqueer Chicago is as safe a space as we can make it. To help with this, we have some working agreements that we would like all who come to meetings to keep in mind while within our safe space meetings. Please check out our working agreements here.

Safe space meetings are strictly closed to researchers and reporters in their professional capacities. Meetings are open to anyone else wanting to talk and think about gender! For more info, give us a shout at genderqueerchicago@gmail.com!

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Family: A Safer Space Discussion

By choice, by adoption, by birth, by community, or other wise, there are many types of family. How have yours helped or hindered you? Have you found role models in unexpected places, or people who fit into more than one family? Has this changed as they learned your identities?


Wednesday, October 8, 7:00pm to 8:15pm
Center on Halsted, 2nd Floor (ask for room number at reception desk) 
3656 N. Halsted St. 


Genderqueer Chicago is as safe a space as we can make it. To help with this, we have some working agreements that we would like all who come to meetings to keep in mind while within our safe space meetings. Please check out our working agreements here.

Safe space meetings are strictly closed to researchers and reporters in their professional capacities. Meetings are open to anyone else wanting to talk and think about gender! For more info, give us a shout at genderqueerchicago@gmail.com!

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Bad Dates: A Safer Space Discussion

Many humans (including genderqueer ones!) go on dates with other humans, genderqueer or not. Unfortunately, sometimes those dates go badly. Let's talk about those bad dates (and maybe some good ones) and see what we can learn from them and how we can avoid bad or potentially toxic relationships as queer folk navigating romance.


Wednesday, October 1, 7:00pm to 8:15pm
Center on Halsted, 2nd Floor (ask for room number at reception desk) 
3656 N. Halsted St. 


Genderqueer Chicago is as safe a space as we can make it. To help with this, we have some working agreements that we would like all who come to meetings to keep in mind while within our safe space meetings. Please check out our working agreements here.

Safe space meetings are strictly closed to researchers and reporters in their professional capacities. Meetings are open to anyone else wanting to talk and think about gender! For more info, give us a shout at genderqueerchicago@gmail.com!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Art: A Safer Space Discussion

image source
We're all creative, whether or not we try; even performing a gender (or trying not to) can demand it. What things do you create, what art do you consume? How has it helped you understand and express your gender, your self?

Wednesday, September 24, 7:00pm to 8:15pm
Center on Halsted, 2nd Floor (ask for room number at reception desk) 
3656 N. Halsted St. 


Genderqueer Chicago is as safe a space as we can make it. To help with this, we have some working agreements that we would like all who come to meetings to keep in mind while within our safe space meetings. Please check out our working agreements here.

Safe space meetings are strictly closed to researchers and reporters in their professional capacities. Meetings are open to anyone else wanting to talk and think about gender! For more info, give us a shout at genderqueerchicago@gmail.com!

Friday, September 19, 2014

Connecting the “T” to GLBT - A Trans 101 with Nikk Selik

Our friends at Mancave (a trans-masculine discussion group that also meets at the Center on Halsted) are putting on a Trans 101 — one actually lead by a trans person! As it's a introduction, please invite friends, family, potential allies, anyone who'd benefit from an overview.

The “T” is not silent.

Identifying as Gay, Lesbian or Bisexual does not automatically make someone an Ally for those who are Transgender. Believe it or not, Transgender people can face ignorance or misunderstanding even from those who are Gay, Lesbian or Bisexual. As a community, our strength is our connection to each other. When there is a gap between the "GLB" and "T", our community is impacted as a whole...

The good news is that we can, together, bridge that gap. Knowledge is the most powerful tool we have to build connections.

Join Nikk Selik in this engaging workshop and discussion on Transgender identity.

7:00 pm Friday October 24th
Center on Halsted
3656 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Open Topic Safer Space Discussion Today

What's on your mind this week? Let's chat about it!

Wednesday, September 17th, 7:00pm to 8:15pm
Center on Halsted, 2nd Floor (ask for room number at reception desk) 
3656 N. Halsted St. 


Genderqueer Chicago is as safe a space as we can make it. To help with this, we have some working agreements that we would like all who come to meetings to keep in mind while within our safe space meetings. Please check out our working agreements here.

Safe space meetings are strictly closed to researchers and reporters in their professional capacities. Meetings are open to anyone else wanting to talk and think about gender! For more info, give us a shout at genderqueerchicago@gmail.com!

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Names: A Safer Space Discussion

image by twitter.com/badpng
Alter them, replace them, just make do, how have you related to the various names you've had, or might've?

Wednesday, September 10, 7:00pm to 8:15pm
Center on Halsted, 2nd Floor (ask for room number at reception desk) 
3656 N. Halsted St. 


Genderqueer Chicago is as safe a space as we can make it. To help with this, we have some working agreements that we would like all who come to meetings to keep in mind while within our safe space meetings. Please check out our working agreements here.

Safe space meetings are strictly closed to researchers and reporters in their professional capacities. Meetings are open to anyone else wanting to talk and think about gender! For more info, give us a shout at genderqueerchicago@gmail.com!

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Clothes Swap Tomorrow!

The Summer Clothes Swap is tomorrow! See the earlier post for more details.

Sunday, August 24th
2 pm - 5 pm
Center on Halsted Third Floor
3656 N. Halsted St.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Age & Gender: A Safer Space Discussion

"I'm of the opinion that boy, man, girl, and woman are four distinct genders. Hey, I also call myself a 64 year old manand a 26 year old young woman, because that's a true statement from so many angles. But even if you disagree with me, you've got to acknowledge that systemic ageism is overwhelming each and every one of us with its rules about gender and gender expression. Men don't wear dresses. Women don't have moustaches. Boys will be boys. Girls just want to be Disney princesses. — that's just a few of them. Age is built-in to our perception and performance of gender." - Kate Bornstein

It's a common trope that genderqueer people are young; while there's been more access to terms and resources for people growing up lately, it's also an ageist way of diminishing identities and implying that we'll "grow out of it". How does your age impact your gender presentation? Has your gender changed at all throughout the years? Has your age taught you anything about gender, or has your gender(s) taught you anything about age?

Wednesday, August 20, 7:00pm to 8:15pm
Center on Halsted, 2nd Floor (ask for room number at reception desk) 
3656 N. Halsted St. 


Genderqueer Chicago is as safe a space as we can make it. To help with this, we have some working agreements that we would like all who come to meetings to keep in mind while within our safe space meetings. Please check out our working agreements here.

Safe space meetings are strictly closed to researchers and reporters in their professional capacities. Meetings are open to anyone else wanting to talk and think about gender! For more info, give us a shout at genderqueerchicago@gmail.com!

Friday, August 15, 2014

Queer Clothing Swap August 24th!

Join Genderqueer Chicago, the Center on Halsted, Man Cave, and others for a clothing swap!

Sunday, August 24th
2 pm - 5 pm
Center on Halsted Third Floor
3656 N. Halsted St.


Bring the cool clothes that you still never wore all summer and the warm ones that won't suit you this fall and winter. Anything left over at the end will be donated, most likely to The Brown Elephant. No one will be turned away for not bringing donations. Please do not bring t-shirts, undergarments, or stained items.

Changing space will be limited, so it's best to wear things that make it easy to try on new clothes.

This will be a public event, but it is particularly for the trans* and gender-variant community to feel safe while bringing our wardrobes more in line with our identities. Everyone is welcome, but please keep the focus in mind when inviting others. Please do invite others!

We also still need some volunteers to help out with the event, doing things like setting up/taking down tables and sorting clothes as they arrive. We'd need you to show up an hour before the event and/or stay an hour after. If you can help out, please email genderqueerchicago+swap@gmail.com and let us know.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Role Models: a safer space discussion

Who have you looked up to along the way? How have you been inspired or disappointed by them? Do you have any role models today, or are you just trying to be your own best example?

Wednesday, August 13, 7:00pm to 8:15pm
Center on Halsted, 2nd Floor (ask for room number at reception desk) 
3656 N. Halsted St. 


Genderqueer Chicago is as safe a space as we can make it. To help with this, we have some working agreements that we would like all who come to meetings to keep in mind while within our safe space meetings. Please check out our working agreements here.

Safe space meetings are strictly closed to researchers and reporters in their professional capacities. Meetings are open to anyone else wanting to talk and think about gender! For more info, give us a shout at genderqueerchicago@gmail.com!

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Open Topic Safer Space Discussion Today

Apologies for late notice! Bring whatever issues you've been pondering.

Wednesday, July 30, 7:00pm to 8:15pm
Center on Halsted, 2nd Floor (ask for room number at reception desk) 
3656 N. Halsted St. 


Genderqueer Chicago is as safe a space as we can make it. To help with this, we have some working agreements that we would like all who come to meetings to keep in mind while within our safe space meetings. Please check out our working agreements here.

Safe space meetings are strictly closed to researchers and reporters in their professional capacities. Meetings are open to anyone else wanting to talk and think about gender! For more info, give us a shout at genderqueerchicago@gmail.com!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Body Image: A Safer Space Discussion

Where does dysphoria end and the insecurities society pushes onto everyone begin, and how do you cope with both when they join forces?

Wednesday, July 23, 7:00pm to 8:15pm
Center on Halsted, 2nd Floor (ask for room number at reception desk) 
3656 N. Halsted St. 


Genderqueer Chicago is as safe a space as we can make it. To help with this, we have some working agreements that we would like all who come to meetings to keep in mind while within our safe space meetings. Please check out our working agreements here.

Safe space meetings are strictly closed to researchers and reporters in their professional capacities. Meetings are open to anyone else wanting to talk and think about gender! For more info, give us a shout at genderqueerchicago@gmail.com!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Yet Another Open Topic Safer Space Discussion

What's on your mind?

Wednesday, July 16, 7:00pm to 8:15pm
Center on Halsted, 2nd Floor (ask for room number at reception desk) 
3656 N. Halsted St. 


Genderqueer Chicago is as safe a space as we can make it. To help with this, we have some working agreements that we would like all who come to meetings to keep in mind while within our safe space meetings. Please check out our working agreements here.

Safe space meetings are strictly closed to researchers and reporters in their professional capacities. Meetings are open to anyone else wanting to talk and think about gender! For more info, give us a shout at genderqueerchicago@gmail.com!

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

STRESS: A Safer Space Discussion

There's plenty enough in the world to freak out over even before you bring gender into it, and of course none of these things stay separate. What gets to you, what helps you deal?

Wednesday, July 9, 7:00pm to 8:15pm
Center on Halsted, 2nd Floor (ask for room number at reception desk) 
3656 N. Halsted St. 


Genderqueer Chicago is as safe a space as we can make it. To help with this, we have some working agreements that we would like all who come to meetings to keep in mind while within our safe space meetings. Please check out our working agreements here.

Safe space meetings are strictly closed to researchers and reporters in their professional capacities. Meetings are open to anyone else wanting to talk and think about gender! For more info, give us a shout at genderqueerchicago@gmail.com!

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Fluidity: A Safer Space Discussion

A splash of liquid, taking the shape of a combined gender sign
Many of us have experienced changes in how we view our genders even beyond the whole self-discovery and coming out process, whether they are slow shifts over years or daily experiences. Could be internal feelings or driven be external influences, but regardless we're at odds with society and narratives that want us to remain fixed and always know. Has this affected you? How do you, or don't you, attempt to fit?

Wednesday, June 25, 7:00pm to 8:15pm
Center on Halsted, 2nd Floor (ask for room number at reception desk) 
3656 N. Halsted St. 


Genderqueer Chicago is as safe a space as we can make it. To help with this, we have some working agreements that we would like all who come to meetings to keep in mind while within our safe space meetings. Please check out our working agreements here.

Safe space meetings are strictly closed to researchers and reporters in their professional capacities. Meetings are open to anyone else wanting to talk and think about gender! For more info, give us a shout at genderqueerchicago@gmail.com!

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Media Part Two, Take Two: a safer space discussion


The relationship between the gender variant community and the media hasn't always been a good one, though some folks would say that it's getting better with rising visibility and positive representation Let's continue our discussion from two weeks ago but focus it more on print media: newspapers, books, zines, comics, and pretty much anything else you can physically hold that isn't on a digital screen.

Wednesday, June 18th, 7:00pm to 8:15pm
Center on Halsted, 2nd Floor (ask for room number at reception desk) 
3656 N. Halsted St. 


Genderqueer Chicago is as safe a space as we can make it. To help with this, we have some working agreements that we would like all who come to meetings to keep in mind while within our safe space meetings. Please check out our working agreements here.

Safe space meetings are strictly closed to researchers and reporters in their professional capacities. Meetings are open to anyone else wanting to talk and think about gender! For more info, give us a shout at genderqueerchicago@gmail.com

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

REMINDER: Help keep GqC continue to be a safe space!

Just a friendly reminder to all who enter our safe space, old and new:

Genderqueer Chicago is as safe a space as we can make it, however it takes effort on EVERYONE'S part to help ensure that. We have several working agreements in place that we ask attendees to adhere to. Those who do not take into consideration these working agreements can, and may (depending on the severity of the infraction), be asked to leave the space temporarily or permanently. Our working agreements (for both the blog and our physical space) can be found here, but for your convenience they are posted below:

The Blog
In keeping with our commitment to maintaining safe spaces for our community, Genderqueer Chicago will not publish any submission or comment deemed hate speech.  This can include any statement that is blatantly transphobic, racist, ableist, sexist, classist, xenophobic, homophobic, ageist. etc.  Likewise, any submission or comment that references non-consensual violent acts committed against people or animals will not be published.

Posting:  The Genderqueer Chicago Organizing Team reserves the right not to publish anything deemed offensive, malicious, irrelevant to the community, or otherwise inappropriate.  Business advertisements and messages (as in candidates and elections) will not be published.  All blog submissions are read by our organizing team.  If a submission is deemed unacceptable for publishing (including irrelevant to the community), organizers will notify the author by e-mail.  Author may re-submit pieces with edits.

All blog submissions should be original in content and not under copyright law. Submissions should include a title and publishing name.  Submissions to the GqC blog may be used by their author for other purposes.  Submissions should not be used by readers without explicit permission from the author (GqC organizers can help facilitate this). Submissions that non-consensually out people or use their names will not be posted. 

Submissions that are exceptionally long should be published in parts.

Comments:  All comments are approved by GqC admins and are screened in accordance with aforementioned posting policy.  Any comment deemed offensive, hateful, or inappropriate will be deleted.  

Comments that do not blatantly violate the posting policy but could be deemed offensive to the author or others, will be forwarded to the author for approval.  The author will have the final call as to whether or not a discriminatory remark is published.

Safe Space Meetings
Safe Space Meetings are run by peer facilitators. Our working agreements for safe spaces currently include:

- Consent for touching: ask before you touch someone else. 
- One Diva, One Mic: respect folks by not interrupting.
- Don't assume: we respect each other by trying not to assume anything about anyone's identity, gender or otherwise.
- Las Vegas Rule: what is said in GqC meetings, cannot be repeated outside of the space.
- Oops/ Ouch: if someone says something you find hurtful, you can say "ouch." They then say "oops" and we all work it out, either during or after the meeting.
- Respect everyone's name/ pronoun preference inside and outside the space. Check in with folks about names/pronouns so you don't accidentally out them.
- Own It: To keep things in perspective, try and speak from your own experiences using "I" phrases. 

Please note: researchers and reporters are strictly forbidden from attending meetings in their professional capacities. However, inquiries can be directed to genderqueerchicago@gmail.com.  

Media Part 2: Print - A Safer Space Discussion


The relationship between the gender variant community and the media hasn't always been a good one, though some folks would say that it's getting better with rising visibility and positive representation Let's continue our discussion from two weeks ago but focus it more on print media: newspapers, books, zines, comics, and pretty much anything else you can physically hold that isn't on a digital screen.

Wednesday, June 11th, 7:00pm to 8:15pm
Center on Halsted, 2nd Floor (ask for room number at reception desk) 
3656 N. Halsted St. 


Genderqueer Chicago is as safe a space as we can make it. To help with this, we have some working agreements that we would like all who come to meetings to keep in mind while within our safe space meetings. Please check out our working agreements here.

Safe space meetings are strictly closed to researchers and reporters in their professional capacities. Meetings are open to anyone else wanting to talk and think about gender! For more info, give us a shout at genderqueerchicago@gmail.com

Monday, June 2, 2014

DIY: a safer space discussion

Photo by Peter Skadberg
Due to a lack of commercial options, queer and gender-non-conforming folks with access to instruction often turn to DIY: Do-It-Yourself. We develop self-reliant skills and also share them with others. Some even turn it into a business to get those options out into the market. What's your current project? What have you been learning, what would you still like to learn? What have been your roadblocks? Let's talk about how queers are doin' it for ourselves.

Wednesday, June 4, 7:00pm to 8:15pm
Center on Halsted, 2nd Floor (ask for room number at reception desk) 
3656 N. Halsted St. 


Genderqueer Chicago is as safe a space as we can make it. To help with this, we have some working agreements that we would like all who come to meetings to keep in mind while within our safe space meetings. Please check out our working agreements here.

Safe space meetings are strictly closed to researchers and reporters in their professional capacities. Meetings are open to anyone else wanting to talk and think about gender! For more info, give us a shout at genderqueerchicago@gmail.com!

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Media: A Safer Space Discussion


The relationship between the gender variant community and the media hasn't always been a good one, though some folks would say that it's getting better with rising visibility and positive representation in television, cinema, and online. What do you think about the community's relationship with the media? How do you think it can be improved? Has it affected your personal life or actions in any way?

Wednesday, May 28, 7:00pm to 8:15pm
Center on Halsted, 2nd Floor (ask for room number at reception desk) 
3656 N. Halsted St. 


Genderqueer Chicago is as safe a space as we can make it. To help with this, we have some working agreements that we would like all who come to meetings to keep in mind while within our safe space meetings. Please check out our working agreements here.

Safe space meetings are strictly closed to researchers and reporters in their professional capacities. Meetings are open to anyone else wanting to talk and think about gender! For more info, give us a shout at genderqueerchicago@gmail.com

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

An Open Topic Safer Space Discussion

Apologies for the delay! What would you like to talk about?

Wednesday, May 21, 7:00pm to 8:15pm
Center on Halsted, 2nd Floor (ask for room number at reception desk) 
3656 N. Halsted St. 


Genderqueer Chicago is as safe a space as we can make it. To help with this, we have some working agreements that we would like all who come to meetings to keep in mind while within our safe space meetings. Please check out our working agreements here.

Safe space meetings are strictly closed to researchers and reporters in their professional capacities. Meetings are open to anyone else wanting to talk and think about gender! For more info, give us a shout at genderqueerchicago@gmail.com!

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Words and Language: A Safer Space Discussion


Have you ever been at sea in a dense fog, when it seemed as if a tangible white darkness shut you in, and the great ship, tense and anxious, groped her way toward the shore with plummet and sounding-line, and you waited with beating heart for something to happen? I was like that ship before my education began, only I was without compass or sounding-line and had no way of knowing how near the harbor was.
-Helen Keller on life before language

There are many words to help us think and talk about gender, identity, and expression. Maybe you feel some words describe you well. Maybe nothing quite fits. Either way, having words can make a huge difference to the way we think. How has language been helpful to you? How has it been problematic?

Wednesday, May 14, 7:00pm to 8:15pm
Center on Halsted, 2nd Floor (ask for room number at reception desk) 
3656 N. Halsted St. 


Genderqueer Chicago is as safe a space as we can make it. To help with this, we have some working agreements that we would like all who come to meetings to keep in mind while within our safe space meetings. Please check out our working agreements here.

Safe space meetings are strictly closed to researchers and reporters in their professional capacities. Meetings are open to anyone else wanting to talk and think about gender! For more info, give us a shout at genderqueerchicago@gmail.com!

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Obstacles: A Safer Space Discussion

Are there things that come in the way in your life, or get in the way of evincing your gender? They could be as simple as a dress code and as complex as a personal fear of judgement. The unfortunate thing is this: when it comes to expressing ourselves, life is often not as accommodating as we would like. Join us to explore the obstacles in our lives, be they jobs, friends, or even ourselves.

Wednesday, May 7, 7:00pm to 8:15pm
Center on Halsted, 2nd Floor (ask for room number at reception desk)
 
3656 N. Halsted St. 


Genderqueer Chicago is as safe a space as we can make it. To help with this, we have some working agreements that we would like all who come to meetings to keep in mind while within our safe space meetings. Please check out our working agreements here.

Safe space meetings are strictly closed to researchers and reporters in their professional capacities. Meetings are open to anyone else wanting to talk and think about gender! For more info, give us a shout at genderqueerchicago@gmail.com!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

An Open Topic Safer Space Discussion

What's on your mind? Let's talk it out together.

Wednesday, April 23rd, 7:00pm to 8:15pm
Center on Halsted, 2nd Floor (ask for room number at reception desk) 
3656 N. Halsted St. 


Genderqueer Chicago is as safe a space as we can make it. To help with this, we have some working agreements that we would like all who come to meetings to keep in mind while within our safe space meetings. Please check out our working agreements here.

Safe space meetings are strictly closed to researchers and reporters in their professional capacities. Meetings are open to anyone else wanting to talk and think about gender! For more info, give us a shout at genderqueerchicago@gmail.com!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Spirituality and Religion: A Safer Space Discussion

While living in America can sometimes mean facing the threat of religious intolerance, many religions have a dynamic relationship with gender constructs, and consider gender variance holy or blessed. Whatever your background, bringing spirituality and gender into conversation can be intimidating. Has your religion influenced the way you think about your gender? Has your gender changed the way you think about your spirituality?

Wednesday, April 16, 7:00pm to 8:15pm
Center on Halsted, 2nd Floor (ask for room number at reception desk)
 
3656 N. Halsted St. 


Genderqueer Chicago is as safe a space as we can make it. To help with this, we have some working agreements that we would like all who come to meetings to keep in mind while within our safe space meetings. Please check out our working agreements here.

Safe space meetings are strictly closed to researchers and reporters in their professional capacities. Meetings are open to anyone else wanting to talk and think about gender! For more info, give us a shout at genderqueerchicago@gmail.com!

Monday, April 7, 2014

Spring Queer Clothes Swap this Sunday!

Join Genderqueer Chicago, the Center on Halsted, Man Cave, No Boys Allowed, and others for a clothing swap as the weather turns warmer!

Sunday 13 April, 2−5pm
Center on Halsted

image from flickr
3656 N. Halsted St.
Senior Center


Bring lighter clothes that others can wear in warm weather, or the heavier ones that sat unused in your closet all winter. Please do not bring t-shirts, as they take up a lot of space compared to how useful they are. Anything left over at the end will be donated, most likely to The Brown Elephant. No one will be turned away for not bringing donations.

Changing space will be limited, so it's best if you dress with that in mind, in things that make it easy to try on new clothes.

This will be a public event, but it is particularly for the trans* and gender-variant community. Everyone is welcome, but please keep the focus in mind when inviting others. Please do invite others!

An Open Topic Safer Space Discussion

We'll be discussing more or less whatever!

Wednesday, April 9th, 7:00pm to 8:15pm
Center on Halsted, 2nd Floor (ask for room number at reception desk)
 
3656 N. Halsted St. 


Genderqueer Chicago is as safe a space as we can make it. To help with this, we have some working agreements that we would like all who come to meetings to keep in mind while within our safe space meetings. Please check out our working agreements here.

Safe space meetings are strictly closed to researchers and reporters in their professional capacities. Meetings are open to anyone else wanting to talk and think about gender! For more info, give us a shout at genderqueerchicago@gmail.com!

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Visibility: A Safer Space Discussion

The Transgender Day of Visibility was Monday, but not everyone wants to or can be visible, or even gets a choice in the matter. There are rewards to being visible as a gender-variant person as well as dire risks. What has shaped your relationship to your own level of visibility, and would you prefer that it were different?

Wednesday, April 2, 7:00pm to 8:15pm
Center on Halsted, 2nd Floor (ask for room number at reception desk)
 
3656 N. Halsted St. 


Genderqueer Chicago is as safe a space as we can make it. To help with this, we have some working agreements that we would like all who come to meetings to keep in mind while within our safe space meetings. Please check out our working agreements here.

Safe space meetings are strictly closed to researchers and reporters in their professional capacities. Meetings are open to anyone else wanting to talk and think about gender! For more info, give us a shout at genderqueerchicago@gmail.com!

Monday, March 24, 2014

Health and Healthcare: A Safer Space Discussion


Though lots of other folks and institutions may want controlling interests, thankfully we are in charge of and responsible for our own bodies and health. Maintaining good health and managing health issues are an incredibly personal decisions. Choosing a trustworthy, respectful healthcare provider can be a challenge. What are your mainstays for good self-care and daily health maintenance? What experiences have you had with healthcare providers? Join us for a safe space discussion of how we define and maintain our health.

Wednesday, March 26th, 7:00pm to 8:15pm
Center on Halsted, 2nd Floor (ask for room number at reception desk) 
3656 N. Halsted St.

Genderqueer Chicago is as safe a space as we can make it. To help with this, we have some working agreements that we would like all who come to meetings to keep in mind while within our safe space meetings. Please check out our working agreements here.

Safe space meetings are strictly closed to researchers and reporters in their professional capacities. Meetings are open to anyone else wanting to talk and think about gender! For more info, give us a shout at genderqueerchicago@gmail.com!

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Gender Evolution: A Safer Space Discussion

Comic by BaaingTree @ DeviantArt
No matter how we currently self-identify, it is possible for our perceptions and the labels we use (or don't use) to describe ourselves to shift. How has your identity evolved, and how useful have you found various labels over time?

Wednesday, March 19th, 7:00pm to 8:15pm
Center on Halsted, 2nd Floor (ask for room number at reception desk)
 
3656 N. Halsted St. 


Genderqueer Chicago is as safe a space as we can make it. To help with this, we have some working agreements that we would like all who come to meetings to keep in mind while within our safe space meetings. Please check out our working agreements here.

Safe space meetings are strictly closed to researchers and reporters in their professional capacities. Meetings are open to anyone else wanting to talk and think about gender! For more info, give us a shout at genderqueerchicago@gmail.com!

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